12 - 20
August 2016
9 Carlos Alocen (ESP)
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FIBA U17 World Championship leaders guide Spain to sweep of U16 warm-up tournament

GUADALAJARA (FIBA U16 European Championship 2016) - A pair of players from the FIBA U17 World Championship helped Spain pick up a trio of victories at a warm-up tournament for the up-coming FIBA U16 European Championship 2016

Carlos Alocen and Joel Parra scored in double figures in all three of Spain's wins over Greece, Germany and France in the preparation tournament in Guadalajara. 

Alocen and Parra have clearly taken on leadership roles for head coach David Soria's U16 team after helping hosts Spain finish fourth at the FIBA U17 World Championship earlier this summer in Zaragoza. 

Joel Parra will play a major role for Spain in Radom.

Parra collected 9.9 points, five rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.9 steals at the FIBA U17 World Championship. Alocen averaged two points, two rebounds, four assists and 2.2 steals in four games, including two points, three rebounds, seven assists and two steals in the 3rd Place Game, which Spain lost to Lithuania. 

In Spain's 75-57 victory over Greece in Guadalajara, Parra scored 16 points while Alocen had 10 points, five assists and four steals. Emmanouil Chatzidakis tallied 20 points for the Greeks. 

Alocen poured in 22 points in Spain's 77-55 victory over Germany while Parra picked up 15 points. Hendrik Drescher had 15 points for the Germans. In Spain's final game, Parra led the way with 15 points and Alocen chipped in with 13 points as Spain held off France 91-81.  Hendrik Drescher had a big game in a loss for Germany against Spain.

Spain will take on Italy, Latvia and Sweden in Group A of the FIBA U16 European Championship from 12-20 August in Radom. Greece are drawn into Group D along with Estonia, Finland and Serbia. Germany are in Group B with Croatia, Poland and Turkey, and France will play in Group C with 2015 finalists Bosnia and Herzegovina and Lithuania as well Montenegro

Greece finished second in the tournament with a 2-1 record as they beat France and Germany. Ioannis Chatziveroglou picked up 20 points and Nikos Arsenopoulos collected nine points and eight assists in a 63-56 win over France, who got 15 points from Joel Ayayi. Chatzidakis also led the way for Greece against Germany with 18 points in a 56-52 triumph. The Germans got 10 points from Jonas Mattisseck. 

Germany finished third with a 1-2 record as they picked up an 83-76 win over France as Mattisseck tallied 16 points and five steals and Tim Kopple had 11 points. France, who were winless at 0-3, got 24 points from Ayayi.